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Kirtland Community College offers computer course for Tawas area residents

ROSCOMMON – Kirtland Community College will be offering a popular basic computer course designed especially for seniors and those with no prior computer experience beginning September 12 and running for eight weeks.

“Computers with Windows 7” begins with how to turn on a computer and delves into the workings of the Windows 7 operating system. The eight-week class is slated will be held at the Iosco Regional Education Service Agency (IRESA) in Tawas.

Instructor Marshall Swanson, the IRESA Director of Technology, said the manuals for the course – “Windows 7 for Seniors” and “Internet and E-mail for Seniors” – use an easy, step-by-step format that is offered in large print.

“The class focuses on the newer Windows 7 system,” Swanson said. “But, we still try to base the class on an easy step-by-step approach in which anyone can learn the basics of how to operate a computer.”

He added Basic Computing students enjoy the pace of the course, learning to use computers at their own pace. Lessons within the class including how to write letters and memos on a computer, send and receive messages via e-mail, explore the World Wide Web and customize computer settings.

“A lot depends on the class size and their interests,” Swanson said regarding the topics to be covered. “I let them tell me what they want to learn and we work to make sure they are able to learn those skills first.”

Kirtland provides open access to education and cultural opportunities to enrich the lives of the people in northern Michigan.  The faculty and staff seek to offer higher education in a student-focused environment, providing transfer and career technical programs; developmental studies; workforce development; personal enrichment and cultural opportunities.  Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s three locations – near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord and Kirtland-West Branch.  Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.


For more information about the Basic Computing class, or how to register for this and any other course selection, visit online at or call 989-275-5000, extension 279.